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Honesty or arrogance?

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 4:22 PM

Please permit me to say something you already know. I am NOT and don't claim to be an expert on anything.

In fact, I like a quote attributed to Bum Phillips, the former coach of the Houston Oilers.

"An expert is an ordinary fella away from home."

After qualifying myself as somewhere hopefully slightly above an idiot and not one step beyond ordinary, may I list a few of the things I believe such as:

I believe those we vote for to represent us should do just that, not some of us but ALL of us, and those they appoint should be held to the same standards.

While I believe education is vitally important, more and more money earmarked for education won't get the job done until we first find a way to eliminate those who spend our tax dollars lavishly for themselves before what is left of those dollars trickle down to classrooms and students.

The American Dream is valid and it takes the combined efforts of all us from the extremely wealthy to those pinching pennies to get by to make it happen. And then we have those who squander their money, often welfare money, on liquor, drugs and good times, accept no responsibility…and then reach deeper than anyone into the pot.

A few hunger pangs in the belly might do more to make healthy, shiftless people find a job rather than bigger welfare payments.

I worry about the fact we are overextending our military to look out for the interests of other nations at the expense of our own nation…and some of the suppliers of our military fall more closely into the category of crooks rather than citizens.

Education is fine and necessary, but some politicians place too much emphasis on degrees and overlook those who never saw the inside of a college and have been working for years to make a better life for their kids while becoming good, solid tax-paying citizens. This group has a lot of good common sense to offer us.

And all of this brings me back to those we have voted for, and can remove by the same method, to represent ALL of us. I'm referring to all of those from local to national. I've let you know how I feel, now what are your feelings toward those representing us?

On the local level, does your voice come through as strongly as out-of-town developers who don't even live here and look only at the bottom line of profits…or is your voice a mere whimper to those voted to represent us and those whom they have appointed to jobs? I still like the word "job" rather than "position." We have too many people in positions not doing the job.

Do you sometimes feel too many of those who represent us and make all the right comments prior to election really think only a chosen few have a right to have an opinion and be heard?

Does the public have a right to know the number of trips made by politicians and appointees and the cost of those trips to the taxpayers? Would a mandatory publication of those names and figures reveal a pattern of abuse by some?

Beyond the local level, does party affiliation too often overshadow what is best for ALL of the American people?

Are the voices of ALL of the people of Shelbyville and Bedford County being heard fairly and honestly here, in Nashville and in Washington D.C.?

If some of those who have the job, not position, of representing us feel I are referring to them that is fine with me…but I have one suggestion to make to them.

Go back over the comments I have made here and then ask yourselves one final question:

Have I somehow misplaced honesty and picked up arrogance?

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All of the voices in Shelbyville aren't heard much less in our nation.

In the "job" that I have I see so many people who are struggling some not by their choice but the choice of our system. I know of a young mother of 3 children who tried to go to work in order to get out of the welfare system. She has a high school education. She was all excited one day when she came to me and told me she had finally gotten a job and would be able to pay her own way. I knew as soon as she told me what she would be making an hour she would never make it..

The job she had gotten paid her $7.50 an hour before she got the job she received food stamps, health care, housing and a small AFDC check. I just congratulated her on her new job but knew in my heart she would be back as soon as she went to DHS to turn in her work records. She was back the next afternoon in tears, she said she wasn't going to be able to take the job offered to her because she would lose all of her assistance..she would have to pay full rent, no food stamps, lose her health insurance on herself but would be able to keep it on children and would no longer get AFDC, Plus pay childcare for 3 children. She would not make near enough to do all that with $7.50 an hour..so instead of the system only taking a part of her assistance they take it all, so she couldn't live. To me that makes no sense whatsoever..she wanted out but couldn't get out because she made more money on assistance than she would working.

The American Dream is a nice idea but is not obtainable for everyone..and that just don't seem fair.

The American Dream seems easier obtained if you are an immigrant than if you are American.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Sep 20, 2007, at 11:34 PM


A legal or illegal immigrant? Some legal immigrants are given alot of money to move here and start free businesses. I wish I had that kind of help, no idea why they get the help and we pay for it. They will yell at the Americans telling how stupid we are. Know what? He is probably right because we put up with it and go on with our lives.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Sep 21, 2007, at 1:12 AM

Well actually an illegal is not suppose to receive any assistance from the government because they are illegal but the way they are getting around this is a loop hole in the system.

When they come here their wives or girlfriends who are also illegal have children and that makes their children legal (born in the USA) and entitles them to assistance. But guess what the entire family is benefiting from our government assistance.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Sep 21, 2007, at 9:33 AM

Illegals that have children who become citizens, will be what helps save social security.

-- Posted by DWAM on Fri, Sep 21, 2007, at 7:06 PM

But look at all the money we are spending before they become old enough to pay Social Security on top of that before they are old enough to pay into Social Security it will be bankrupt.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Sep 21, 2007, at 7:41 PM

I agree Revolution but it does kind of stink..when you think about it if you've been working 25 or 30 years paying into Social Security thinking that money is safely tucked away then all of a sudden they decide it's not there. Wouldn't that be like putting money into a bank account each week and then years later deciding you are going to draw it out and the bank says " Sorry but we used your money for other interest we had" ...I don't know about you but I'd be ready to hurt somebody. It's the same thing with Social Security.

It's not like Social Security wasn't your money to begin with.. I think the government at least owes me what I have paid in ..so I'll take it now, please, in a lump sum.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Sep 24, 2007, at 12:05 AM

I don't like what Bush has done on the illegal immigrant front any more than anyone else, but the SS fund problems have been around long before Bush was president. When I began working in the early 70's, the same questions were being raised, as every few years the amount taken out was raised until it has reached today's 7.65% per employee.

-- Posted by cfder on Mon, Sep 24, 2007, at 5:54 PM

dianatn, is it the systems fault she decided to have three kids and could not afford to raise them? should the government give her a check because she made bad decisions? Absolutley not!

The American dream is attainable! But not if you only want to work as little as possible.

-- Posted by tdc on Wed, Sep 26, 2007, at 9:28 AM

Probably not...but when the system that is in place doesn't try to help these people out of the welfare system then what choice do they have but to continue down the same paths they were raised in...it seems to me costing the tax payers less by continuing a little bit of help would be better than tax payers paying everything for them to stay home and collecting everything possible.

If it cost you more to go to work than it did to stay home which would you choose?

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 10:43 PM


Please don't pass judgement on this person. We don't know her situation. The thing that should be focused on is that she was trying to get off of assistance.


I agree with you. The system seems to be all or nothing. Kudos to the girl but I can understand why she would rather stay on the support. You must have a tough job to see this type of thing happening on a daily basis.

-- Posted by saveit on Tue, Oct 2, 2007, at 12:46 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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